To Be Condemned Only By The Innocent

Isn’t it ever so easy to point fingers at the fault, or sin, of others? Wouldn’t this be a different world if Jesus reminded us every time we pointed a finger at someone in condemnation, or try to accuse them of their sin? I pray that God will touch each of us as we meditate on this Scripture today.

DATE POSTED Saturday, 2021-12-19
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: John 8:4-9
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)

BIBLE TEXT: “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. Moses’ law says to kill her. What about it?”
They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, hurl the stones at her until she dies. But only he who never sinned may throw the first!”
Then he stooped down again and wrote some more in the dust. And the Jewish leaders slipped away one by one, beginning with the eldest, until only Jesus was left in front of the crowd with the woman.

APPLICATION: The Scriptures do not clarify what Jesus wrote when He stooped and wrote in the sand while the Jewish leaders ranted on, accusing the woman in this story of adultery. However, Bible scholars have made a few predictions based on their wide study of the Scriptures. Some believe that Jesus may have written the names of women that the individual Jewish leaders may have been guilty of adultery with themselves. It’s interesting how in Matthew 5:28 Jesus taught us how, if a man only looks at a woman with lust in his heart, he has committed adultery. Do you suppose that the Master wanted the Jewish leaders, and us, to fully understand the depth of His intent about this subject, when He gave Moses the Ten Commandments to write on the original stone for our edification, direction and clarification? Another thought for us to consider in regards to what Jesus may have written: in Jeremiah 17:13 it refers to men who turn away from God because of their sin. Could Jesus have possibly written in the dirt in fulfillment of Jeremiah’s prophecy? Don’t we sometimes tend to find fault with others when we need to cover up our own sin? Friends, I believe that still today, more people are turned away from God and His church, because of the hypocrisy they see among God’s people. I know, they are supposed to look at God, and not at you and I, right? Well brothers and sisters, let’s not forget that when we claim the name of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we become associated with Him in such a way that we become His earthly representatives. As such, others should be able to look on us, including our words and actions, and they should be reminded of Jesus. They should be able to trust our word as ‘gospel’, for Jesus never lied, and nor should we. As for our acts of adultery, I had a pastor who once taught his congregation of men to look at a woman from the neck up to avoid sinning! Sounds funny, but how often to you see a group of men turn their heads and follow that beautiful lady that just walked by at a distance. Do you suppose that any of them sinned because of their thoughts at that time? Unfortunately, some may look at the gospel and choose to ignore the parts that really step on their toes. Let me dare you to examine the Word closely and try to find where Jesus offered exceptions to the rule to any of us. My dad didn’t want my siblings and I to do anything outside of our home that would embarrass he and mom. I believe that Jesus is not as afraid of losing face with those we mess up with while in their presence, as much as He cares about trying to keep us pure before the master. Sin is not allowed in heaven, so especially since we have a guide book, we should be careful to do what it says and stay obedient to what the Master demands of us. Yes, we will mess up occasionally because we are living in a sinful world. But always remember, we have an advocate who cares about us and loves us unconditionally. Seek His forgiveness and ask for added strength and guidance to help you avoid repeating that sin again. Jesus knows exactly what we are facing, and what we will face. His grace is all sufficient and very available to those who desire to exemplify Him. I believe that Jesus said to the Jewish Leaders, and He wants us to know, that we must seek to keep ourselves pure and fully obedient, even while living a sinful world. That’s a full-time job, without the need to try and pull someone else down! Remember dear friends, His grace is sufficient for all!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Jesus don’t need any help in knowing what’s wrong among His children. Therefore, concentrate on keeping self pure, without the need to pull someone else down in order to promote self.

PRAYER: Lord, we rejoice in Your salvation and we celebrate our freedom in knowing You as we await our transition to heaven to be with You and the Father. While we could never thank You enough for that, we still need Your strength, guidance and direction each day so that we may remain true to Your Word. Please help us to be so mindful of You that we will never fall prey to the world’s way of pulling others down in order to promote self. You assured us that Your grace is sufficient. May we always look to You as we maneuver our way around on this earth. We may be in the world, but please strengthen us to always know that we are not of the world, but that we have a higher calling – one that leads us beyond this world into life everlasting at Your feet in heaven! May we never be a stumbling block to others that seek You, or try to grow in You. Instead, may we be a beacon, or a lighthouse that represents truth, love and peace in the name of Jesus our Lord. AMEN!

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Come To Jesus Meeting

THE HOLY BIBLE – Declare me innocent, O Lord, for I have acted with integrity; I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. 2 Put me on trial, Lord, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and my heart. 3 For I am always aware of your unfailing love, and I have lived according to your truth. ~ Psalm 26:1-3 ~ New Living Translation (NLT)

THOUGHTS: As I read about David’s one-on-one meeting with the Master, I remembered our pastor mentioning in a recent sermon that he and his family would see the need for a ‘Come to Jesus meeting’ every so often to settle some issues or misunderstanding that the kids may have perceived or strayed away to. This was very close to me, because we had those same type meetings in my family also, and perhaps you might do the same. The reason I feel like I was so impressed with David’s actions in these verses, is because I felt like God was telling me this should be a good checkpoint in my life also. I believe that a lot of times we feel like we are doing ok, and that we have this ‘Christian living’ thing under control. Friends, may I remind you that you and I are not to parallel our righteousness with that of our spouse, our Sunday School teacher, our deacon or elder nor after our pastor, but only after the one true righteous One that ever lived, Jesus Christ. So with that in mind, how then shall we approach the God of this universe about our righteousness? By the way, what righteousness? Remember, God not only sees our actions, like other men do, but God knows our very thoughts and intentions behind everything we say and do. So although we appear ‘good’ to those who only see the outward self and expressions, how do you suppose we stack up in God’s eyes? You also know yourself very well, are you ready to look in the face of God and say like David, that you have acted with integrity; trusted in the Lord without wavering; always aware of His gracious love and lived according to His Word? Can you truly say these things to God with enough conviction that you would welcome His cross-examination and testing? Wouldn’t it be grand to go on a retreat for about 3 days with dedicated hours towards meditating alone with God and in His Word? Do you suppose that sometime during that retreat you might truly be able to have your ‘Come To Jesus’ meeting and wait for His judgment? I bet it would totally and radically change your Christian walk and experience. I bet your eyes would be opened to areas of your life where you feel so inadequate and mis-aligned with God and His purpose for your life. Perhaps you may even feel like David when he declared at the end of the same chapter “Now I stand on solid ground, and I will publicly praise the Lord.” This sounds like cleaning up the garbage that separates, or drives you away from the God that you love, doesn’t it? Friends, for us to stand firm with our friends, we must first be extremely firm in our relationship with God.

PRAYER: Father, You alone are perfect and good, but I believe You would love to see us try harder to become perfect and good in all our ways so that we may be better aligned with You. Our lives are very transparent, so in spite of us convincing ourselves of our goodness, others see our faults and the large variance in our ways vs Your ways. Please help us to get honest with ourselves by asking You to highlight our weaknesses and our sin. We realize that we will never become perfect, as You are the only perfect One, but Lord I feel like we should all strive towards being more like You every day. We can only fight the war with Satan here on earth through Your strength and the assurance of Your presence each and every day. Thank You for loving us enough to care about our righteousness. I ask this humbly in the name of Your very precious Son, Jesus, AMEN!

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